Researcher

Professor Serkan Saydam

My Expertise

Ground Control in Mining, Mining Systems, Mine Planning and Design, Advanced Mining Technologies and Off Earth Mining

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Biography

Serkan Saydam received his BSc, MSc and PhD degrees in Mining Engineering from the Dokuz Eylul University, Izmir, Turkey and completed his Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. He then worked at De Beers for 3 years as project manager in Johannesburg, South Africa. Serkan joined the School of Mining Engineering as a Senior Lecturer in 2006 and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2012. Serkan...view more

Serkan Saydam received his BSc, MSc and PhD degrees in Mining Engineering from the Dokuz Eylul University, Izmir, Turkey and completed his Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. He then worked at De Beers for 3 years as project manager in Johannesburg, South Africa. Serkan joined the School of Mining Engineering as a Senior Lecturer in 2006 and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2012. Serkan then was then promoted to the Professorial role in 2017 and he is currently working as a Professor and Director of Research at the School of Minerals and Energy Resources Engineering at UNSW. A key focus of his research is to address the current needs and future challenges faced by the mining industry. These are generally very complex engineering problems, as mining environments become more extreme and constraints are imposed due to increasing social, environmental, and health and safety standards. His fields of research include ground control, mine planning & design, technology integration, new mining methods and off-Earth mining. In addition, he established research collaboration with NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory & Kennedy Space Center, and Luxembourg Space Agency as well more than 20 research organisations and universities globally. He has more than 250 publications and graduated 18 PhD students. Serkan is currently Fellow Member of Australian Institution of Mining and Metallurgy; President of the ISRM Commission on Planetary Rock Mechanics; Deputy Director of the Australian Centre for Space Engineering Research (ACSER) at UNSW; Deputy Secretary General and Council Member of the SOMP (The Society of Mining Professors).


My Grants

  1. DeepIoT – A New Hybrid Wireless IoT Platform for Underground Mines. D Forshaw, B Li, S Saydam. 2020-2022. Cooperative Research Centres Projects Round 8. CRCPEIGHT000094.
  2. Microbiologically Induced Stress Corrosion Cracking in Underground Mines. S Saydam, H Lamei Ramandi, N Kumar, M Manefield, A Crosky, I Canbulat, Scott Rice. 2020-2022. ARC Linkage Projects.
  3. Effectiveness of Shotcrete in Underground Coal Mines. ACARP. J OH, I Canbulat, S Saydam, HL Ramandi.
  4. Prevention techniques for stress corrosion cracking failures of rock and cable bolts. J Oh, H Lamei Ramandi, I Canbulat, S Saydam. Australian Coal Association Research Program (ACARP) 2020-2021.
  5. A Cost-Effective Communication Mechanism for Underground Mine IoT. Li, Hu (CUMT), Saydam, Wang (CUMT). Global Connections Fund Bridging Grant. 2018-2019
  6. Management of Coal Burst Research. Australian Coal Association Research Program (ACARP) I Canbulat, B Hebblewhite, J Galvin, S Saydam, P Hagan. 2017-2018
  7. Floor Stability – A comprehensive investigation into failure mechanisms and controlling factors. Australian Coal Association Research Program (ACARP) S Saydam, I Canbulat, H Masoumi, B Hebblewhite, W Timms. 2017-2019
  8. Network Lab: Tyree Micro-Ct Network Laboratory: UNSW Research Infrastructure Scheme (RIS). UNSW Grant number RG163084. A Russell, D Cohen, R Bonduriansky, S Saydam, T Barber, C Marjo, F Hussain, G Pearce, I Graham, P Mostaghimi, R Nordon, R Armstrong, W Timms, C Arns, E Ambikairajah, G Cassis, G Yeoh, K Regenauer-Lieb, M Van Kranendonk, M Knothe Tate, M Archer, N Khalili, S Rahman, S Foster, S Hand, D Waite, R Amal, 01 Jan 2017.
  9. Comprehensive Modelling for Off-Earth Mining Optimization and Resource Processing STTR. The US Government research grant with Ascentech, Virginia Tech and NASA KSC. L Sibille, S Saydam, M Karmis. 2017
  10. Stage 1: Review of Australian and International Coal Burst Experience and Control Technologies - Australian Coal Association Research Program (ACARP). I Canbulat, S Saydam, C Zhang, B Hebblewhite.
  11. Scoping of ACARP’s Coal Burst Project - Australian Coal Association Research Program (ACARP) 2016. I Canbulat, S Saydam, C Zhang, B Hebblewhite.
  12. Third Generation of Positioning System for Underground Mine Environments: ARC Linkage Project– 2015.
  13. NASA- JPL: AN INTEGRATED ECONOMICS MODEL FOR ISRU IN SUPPORT OF
    A MARS COLONY Economic Research for Space Development, Emerging Space Office. 2015.
  14. 2015 Major Research Equipment and Infrastructure Scheme (MREII) Split Hopkinson Pressure Bar. F Suorineni, S Saydam.
  15. Gas Control and Management using Thin Spray-on Liners for Underground Coal Mines. BHP Billiton Illawarra Coal Appin West Mine Research Project. S Saydam, D Chalmers.
  16. Determination of cable bolt performance under axial loading and subject to varying geotechnical conditions. Australian Coal Association Research Program (ACARP) 2014. P Hagan, S Saydam.
  17. Avoiding Catastrophic Failure of Cable Bolts in Underground Coal Mines: ARC Linkage Project (Phase 2) – July 2014.
  18. Optimising the Selection of Fully Grouted Cable bolts in Varying Geotechnical Environments - Australian Coal Association Research Program (ACARP) 2013. P Hagan, S Saydam.
  19. Avoiding Catastrophic Failure of Rock Bolts in Underground Coal Mines: ARC Linkage Project, July 2010-2014.
  20. ViMINE – An Innovative Interactive Learning System Approach to Mining Engineering Education: UNSW Faculty of Engineering Learning and Teaching (FRLT) Grant - Strategic Learning and Teaching Development Fund (SLTDF), September 2010 – ongoing (As Chief Investigator).
  21. The Development of Virtual Reality Tools for Mining Engineering: UNSW Faculty of Engineering Learning and Teaching (FRLT) Grant - Strategic Learning and Teaching Development Fund (SLTDF), January 2010 (As Chief Investigator).
  22. Investigation of the Potential Use of Thin Spray-on Liners for Gas Management in Underground Coal Mines: UNSW Faculty of Engineering Early Career Research Grant, January – December 2009 (As Chief Investigator – CI1)
  23. Investigation of Support Mechanism of Thin Spray-on Liners: UNSW Faculty Early Career Research Grant, January – December 2007 (As Chief Investigator – CI1).
  24. Wireless Sensor Networks for Remote Monitoring of Underground Mines: UNSW Faculty Research Grant, January – December 2007 (As Associate Investigator).

My Qualifications

  • PhD (Mining Engineering), Dokuz Eylul University, Izmir, Turkey, December 2000
  • MSc (Mining Engineering), Dokuz Eylul University, Izmir, Turkey, June 1995
  • BSc (Mining Engineering), Dokuz Eylul University, Izmir, Turkey, July 1992

My Awards

  1. Postdoctoral Fellowship Award (2002) – 12-month postdoctoral fellowship at the School of Mining Engineering, The University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, 2002-2003.
  2. 2019 Postgraduate Research Supervision Award. UNSW.
  3. 2017 Tim Shaw Teaching Award Nomination, SOMP.
  4. 2013 AaEe - Department of Industry Award for Industry Engagement in Engineering Education to MEA.
  5. 2012 Lecturer of The Year – Mining Society.
  6. 2010 Australian Learning and Teaching Council Awards for Programs that Enhance Learning - Educational Partnerships and Collaborations with Other Organisations to Mining Education Australia.
  7. 2008 MEA Award for Staff Excellence in Teaching and Innovation – Presented to the Resource Estimation Course Team.
  8. 2008 Teaching Staff Excellence Award – MEA – UNSW Academic Team School of Mining Engineering, Faculty of Engineering UNSW, Dated 18 December 2008.

My Research Activities

1.    

DeepIoT – A New Hybrid Wireless IoT Platform for Underground Mines. D Forshaw, B Li, S Saydam. Cooperative Research Centres Projects Round 8. CRCPEIGHT000094.

2.    

Microbiologically Induced Stress Corrosion Cracking in Underground Mines. S Saydam, H Lamei Ramandi, N Kumar, M Manefield, A Crosky, I Canbulat, Scott Rice. ARC Linkage Projects.

3.    

Effectiveness of Shotcrete in Underground Coal Mines. ACARP. J OH, I Canbulat, S Saydam, HL Ramandi.

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Location

Room 159, 1st Floor, Old Main Building, Kensington, 2052, Sydney, NSW, Australia

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Contact

+61 2 9385 4525
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Research Activities

The aim of this work is to identify the factors responsible for the emerging problem of catastrophic stress corrosion cracking failure of rock bolts in underground mines and to develop strategies for resisting rock bolt failure. The work is of very substantial significance since rock bolt failure is already occurring in several mines in Australia and is expected to become a problem world-wide. The work is novel since it will be the first comprehensive study of catastrophic rock bolt failure conducted at fundamental level. The expected outcome is the development of economically viable…

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The motivation for Off-Earth Mining is clear: an abundance of valuable resources that can feed our technologically driven society, the necessity and demand of discovering new places that our society can colonise, and the development of new technologies and processes to enable these missions will create spin-off technologies that can be used in our terrestrial operations.

Near-Earth Objects, asteroids and comets that circle the Sun at about the same speed and same distance as the Earth orbits the Sun, contain an abundance of valuable resources. We are entering an exciting period in which commercial launch systems and advanced robotics are making space-based industries, including mining, potentially financially viable!